The joyous musical returns to Broadway with its story of a fearless young dreamer in post-storm Haiti. Winner of the 2018 Tony award for Best Revival of a Musical. More…
Set in a fantastical world bursting with Caribbean rhythms and dance 'Once On This Island' tells the extraordinary story of a villager named Ti Moune. After a massive storm rages through her village, a ray of hope appears through a young man from the wealthy side of the island. An unexpected romance blossoms. But when their different cultures threaten to keep them apart, Ti Moune—guided by the island gods—sets out on a journey to stay beside the man who has captured her heart. Directed by Tony nominee Michael Arden ("Spring Awakening" revival) and written by the Tony Award-winning team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty ("Anastasia," "Ragtime.")
See it if You enjoy simple storytelling done with great charm and style in an immersive atmosphere. Starts slow but builds to a beautiful full ending.
Don't see it if You want to see a traditional show. This happens all around you and draws you into the life on the island (without being obtrusive).
See it if you want to see really exciting, absorbing, theatrical storytelling that viscerally draws you in and takes you on a journey.
Don't see it if you have no space in your life for beauty or joy. Otherwise, GO!
See it if you like Caribbean infused music, folklore inspired stories, amazing non-stop dancing, clever costumes, tremendous voices, sweet story
Don't see it if a festive musical set on a tropical island is not for you, don't like one act musicals, Caribbean music,loud singing, constant movement
See it if thoroughly entertaining: rousing Caribbean dancing & singing, inventive & charming beach set
Don't see it if predictable & simplistic fable showing prejudice upper class vs peasants; forgettable music, bland lyrics; not 4 adults seeking complex art
See it if you like fairy tales or stories about star-crossed lovers. This show has lots of whimsy and does a great job of immersing the audience.
Don't see it if you’re looking for something original m and invests more time in story development. (This is clichéd and too short.)
See it if you enjoy a well-staged use of theatre space with a charming story and good singing that lets you escape for 90 minutes.
Don't see it if you are bothered by musical tales that are not all based in reality.
See it if You’d like a lighthearted, enchanting show with a big heart and a beautiful score sung by an outstanding cast.
Don't see it if You’re not really into family-friendly, tall-tale shows.
See it if you want to see a revival that is so much better than the original production (which wasn't bad at all). Great cast! Great staging!
Don't see it if you do not want to be entertained or moved. This is probably the best show on Broadway!
See it if you enjoy mythical stories, musicals performed with energy and heart, a terrific ensemble and band, good choreography and costumes.
Don't see it if you are looking for a complex play with deep meaning. I enjoyed the play but expected more from the story. Most of the audience loved it.
See it if You’d like to experience the magic of an immersive and vivacious musical about the poor and the rich on an island recovering from a storm.
Don't see it if You need an intermission in a 100 minute show. You don’t like watching the inevitable end of a doomed romance.
See it if you like big musicals with a stellar cast and great staging. You like island elements and stories involving ancient gods.
Don't see it if you’re not interested in a cliched story about unrequited love or prefer a story that has more depth. The moral of story seems forced.
See it if you love intimate musical theater, great songs, fantastic performers, a sweet fable about life, love and sacrifice, and real goats onstage!
Don't see it if you're overly sensitive to fables that incorporate age old truisms about skin color & class divisions or you're too attached to the original
See it if you love this show.I have just never enjoyed it.The performances were terrific;direction & design were all top notch.Music is fine.Dull book
Don't see it if you expect to be moved or inspired. All the elements are here for a terrific show, but the book is very weak.
See it if you want to see what all the fuss is about and come to your own conclusions
Don't see it if you’re going to notice and be a wet blanket about the representation problems in the show
See it if You can stomach the book. You are unaware of the color caste system among people of color. Interesting staging, costumes BUT see below.
Don't see it if You are not interested in an Afro Caribbean tale filtered through privileged white Americans. You dont want to be appalled.
See it if you like fantastic singing, staging and dancing.
Don't see it if you are tired of stories praising women who sacrifice their lives for "true love" with a man whom their barely know and who doesn't care.
See it if You like being transported to a foreign land, or you like caribbean music, or you enjoy romantic stories invokving the clash of classes.
Don't see it if You do not enjoy environments which envelope you or would not like a somewhat magical story of romance and class clashes.
See it if you enjoy a romp on a fictitious Caribbean Island with great singing exuberant cast colorful costumes and fun staging. A love story
Don't see it if you do not enjoy the "war between the haves and have nots" The silly Romeo and Juliet like story
See it if GO FOR THE SET. Step out of the cold NYC winter and visit the island conjured up at the Circle. The cast is overall pretty excellent.
Don't see it if you need a show with large dance numbers. The production feels large in scale, but also incredibly intimate.
See it if you want a unique experience that showcases a different culture with it's beliefs, music, dancing & superstitions, imaginatively staged.
Don't see it if you have problems with stories about social class inequality, racism & subjugation of women.
See it if want an uplifting experience with touching moments, unusual but fun staging, fable set in the Caribbean, great singing and dancing
Don't see it if don't like theater in the round
See it if you want to be transported, which happens the moment you enter the theater. The cast is stellar, and their energy infectious.
Don't see it if you prefer realism and dislike fairy tale/fable stories.